Frequently Asked Questions

Read through the items below to answer common questions about this site. If you still have questions, feel free to Contact Us.

Opinion Boards

What's an opinion board and how can I use it? Expand_plus

Think of an opinion board as somthing that you can use to organize and your sources. You can create an opinion board for anything you want! Anything from who you think should win the next presidential election, your thoughts on global warming, or even why you think the Cubs are going to win the world series this year.

Let's take global warming as an example. If you're browsing the web and you come across a great blog article, you can post it to your opinion board as a way to organize that source. You can post anything - blog articles, wikipedia entries, NOAA website pages, whatever you want.

You can use opinion boards for two purposes - to organize your thoughts and sources around an existing opinion you have, or to help form an opinion on a topic you're researching. It's up to you! Either way, you can always share your boards with friends on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

Why should I use opinion boards? Expand_plus

We think that opinion boards are a great way to organize your thoughts, sources and opinions on topics that matter to you. Organizing your sources can have a great impact on the quality of your arguments on an issue, and you'll probably learn somthing new while posting to your boards and viewing boards that other members have built.

Plus, if you have your sources organized in one spot, you can find them easily. In a debate about global warming with a friend? Pull up your opinion board to have your best sources at your fingertips. No more hunting on Google to pull up that article you read a month ago, searching your browser history or cluttering your existing browser bookmarks.

Why no comments? Expand_plus

You can start the discussion on any opinion board or post by using the social sharing buttons. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are great places to share and comment on any board or post that catches your eye.

Debating Online

How can I promote rational debate on the web? Expand_plus

Check out the about page. There's a section over there that discusses rational debates and rational arguments.

How do I share my boards around the web? Expand_plus

It's easy - just copy and paste the shortlink to your board. Check out the rational debates and rational arguments section of the about page to see how to copy the shortlink. Then, just paste it wherever you're having your debate online - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, a message board, email, it doesn't matter!

I see something inappropriate on TheRationalDebate, what should I do? Expand_plus

We hope this never happens, but if you do see any item on this site that violates our Terms of Use, click the flag icon: Flag_small

After clicking the icon, a dialog will appear that will allow you to enter a reason why you think the item should be flagged. Flagging an item will alert a site administrator. If the administrator determines that the flagged item violates our terms of use, the item will be removed.

Logging in and Your Account

I can't login! Expand_plus

If you've forgotten your password, click the 'Forgot your password?' link. You can also get to the forgot password page here. A page will come up that will allow you to enter your email address. You'll get an email that will give you instructions on how to reset your password.

I signed up, but I didn't get an account confirmation email! Expand_plus

If you didn't receive an email after about 10 minutes after signing up, you can request a new confirmation email here.

You can also click the 'Didn't receive confirmation instructions?' link on the Sign Up page. If you're still having problems confirming your account after attempting to resend the confirmation email, please contact us

How do I manage my account information? Expand_plus

It's easy to change your account and profile information. Anytime you are logged in, click your name or the down arrow icon in the header toolbar to bring up a menu:

  1. Click the Edit My Account link to edit your account information. For example, you can change your first and last name, email address, or update your password.
  2. Click the Edit My Profile link to edit your profile information. For example, you can change your Profile Image, About Me, and Political View

Connecting to Facebook Expand_plus

Connecting your account to Facebook is easy! If you don't have an account yet, just look for the 'Facebook' button on the Sign In and Sign Up pages. If you do have an account, logout and click the 'Facebook' button.

Once you are connected, your Opinion Board posts can be shared to Facebook automatically! If you don't want a particular post to show up on Facebook, just uncheck the Facebook icon before you post.

If you want to disconnect from facebook, simply remove TheRationalDebate from your list of apps on Facebook.